Wednesday, 26 January 2011

..accidents and love..

..most times when accidents happened, the victims were caught unaware..like that 41year-old motorcyclist waiting for the lights to change in uptown Kota Bharu a few days ago...most likely he was on an errant..without doubt he was a law-abiding rider...unlike most mamat found whizzing around in town and jumping lights with ease..for that he paid with his life...a 4-wheel drive ramped him from behind and flung him a few meters across the road and snuffed the life out of him and cut short his life expentancy....and the lights was not yet green...

..accidents along life long road, sometimes, were just as unpredictable...we may be in auto-cruise mode one minute, with everything in its proper places and peachy..until an accident happened..it could be anything..like that youth going about diligently plucking palm fruits..no doubt whilst thinking about his wages, his family, or his love interest that he intends to wed...he was unwittingly electrocuted..he did not die...but he lost an arm..and maybe a leg...somehow, trying to tell him how fortunate he was for being alive sounds coarse and unsincere..

..its true...the only thing constant is death, and taxes..cliche, but profound...

as I woke up this Wednesday morning...it was the same old bed...across was the same old wife..I glanced at the same old clock on the wall..it was quarter to six...Ayam, the same old cat, meowed at my feet...and I glanced at son and daughter in their adjacent  rooms...same old children... but I gave my thanks..for the sameness...for I knew that it could be anything but...

..I gave my thanks to my Lord..for this extra time that He has bestowed upon me...and later, as I left for work, I gave my wife that extra lingering kiss..she was surprised, and impatient..but I persisted, for it could be my last..as earlier I had surprised my children by holding them a wee bit longer than usual..they complained, thinking, maybe I had gone nuts..only Ayam did not complain..but then, she is a cat..and what does a cat know about life's unpredictability?.....

20 comments:

zX said...

make me thinking here ....

how life has been very kind to me ....

thanks for the reminder pakmat

Cat-in-Sydney said...

but then, she is a cat..and what does a cat knows about life's unpredictability?.....

Abe Mat,
This cat, however, knows a lot about life's unpredictability. purrrr....meow!

Wan Sharif said...

Very deep (profound?)take on life
(I like the French word for it.. Profonde which is deep). You have made me think that I might be most blessed in this whole wide world despite...
Have a good day.. my friend

pakmat said...

..friends, zX, my dear cat and Abe Wan..there is always a despite in our lives..despite this, despite that..it is those things that makes life a pleasure..as I tried to overcome my despite..:)..cheers

Naz said...

Nice post, Pak Mat.
I love this :)

Pat said...

I think your Ayam knew best, Pak Mat. She knew that it was good that you had taken your time to say goodbye. I think we should all be like that: take the time to accept love, as much as give it.

You'll be around for a long while more, lah. But it is good to look about us once in a while, and be grateful for all that we have.

Good post :)

mekyam said...
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mekyam said...

sorry i had to bin my comment, pakmat. given your sad anecdotes, i felt my taste was a bit off. it wasn't bad per se, just takde nilai tambah. ;D

takbest said...

Salam, pakmat..
they say "malang tak berbau" and my mum always reminded us that "putik gugur tuo pong gugur" for we never know what's written there for us..
i still remember how we lost our 16 year old sweet girl one ramadhan back in 2008, she was riding motorbike with her sis, and the bike fell off just like that, no accidents involved, it's just "nok geroh", she fell into coma and went there peacefully 4 days later without ever say goodbye, jauh sekali kisses..

c'est la vie

you take care

pakmat said...

....no, you were not off..not even the advocate..:)..you were just a friend who had her own views on things..and I appreciate that..but, agreed, the tone was a bit wistful..which I tend to be, in my late years..unable anymore to use my macro lenses, I tend to overview things..so it was not necessary to bin it..

pakmat said...

,.salam debest..alfatihah to your sweet girl..sometimes we tend to take things a lil bit for granted..we forget that it does not take much for our daily routine to go out of whack..out of synch..to be appreciative is an acquired skill..but life unpredictability gives us reason to live..cheers..take care..you r turning out to be quite a skill photographer..

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Pakmat, we should all count our blessing each day.And when the day comes there should be no regrets. Live life the best u can & try to avoid unnecessary conflicts with others.

I wouldn't linger on with that kiss if I were u, else u might get carried away. And Ayam, why of course she loves it since Momok don't give a stuff to her.....hahaha, cheers!

pakmat said...

..salam Naz and Pat..forgive sme..terlepas pandang..and thank you for the comments..and Pat, I do entend to be around for quite some time yet..god willing..hopefully outlasting Ayam..but then, who knows..take care both of you..

pakmat said...

salam tommy...oh..for the love of a cat..and it has been sometimes since this old coot got carried away by a kiss..it gonna need more than that..but I try to keep on my path..putting aside debris as I pass by..be a good neighbour..kind to the environment..and try to lower my gaze..(but syt's these days..need supeerhuman effort to keep them lowered..:) and prepare for the inevitable..cheers, tommy..be it as it may, I should be alright..we should all be alright...

June Malik said...

the lingering kiss ad the holding longer would have worked wonders for me :) have a happy life pak mat! i love this post

pakmat said...

..takes more than that for me..but then I am approaching 66...testorone and libido long gone..take care, jun..

June Malik said...

u sure? hahahaah somehow I find that hard to believe ha ha, u take care too!

anneaziz said...

Assalamu`alaikum PakMat,

Ayam isn't too worried, she has, after all, 9 lives!

Really love this post except for the same old wife bit...hehehe

pakmat said...

..dear anne..its now the way I meant notwithstanding the sound..:) but I think you got the drift..cheers..

pakmat said...

..dear anne..its now the way I meant notwithstanding the sound..:) but I think you got the drift..cheers..